Have you recently been told you need a root canal? No need to fear – root canals are one of the most common dental procedures done. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontists, millions of teeth are saved each year by this simple procedure. Below we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about root canals.
What is a root canal?
To put it simply, a root canal is a procedure that works to ensure bacteria from an infected root canal does not cause reinfection in an effort to save the natural tooth. During a root canal, your dentist or endodontist will remove the infected pulp from the inside of the tooth and clean the inside of your tooth before filling and sealing it off.
Why do I need a root canal?
There are a variety of reasons you might need a root canal but largely it is due to the pulp, or the soft tissue inside of the root canal, becoming inflamed or infected. This could be due to injury, infection, or a host of other issues that your dentist will discuss with you.
Is it painful?
Thankfully, root canals are more likely to relieve any pain you’re currently experiencing than to cause additional. With today’s modern medicine, you will be very comfortable during the entire procedure. You might feel some slight discomfort or swelling in the tooth the days following, but the discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter medicines. Be sure to follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully and reach out if you are experiencing an extreme amount of pain.
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